In a plan to include markets in 72 percent of the country by the end of 2017, Lyft has announced plans to add 54 more U.S. cities to its service offerings, its largest expansion to date, in addition to the 40 it cities added in January 2017.
These new markets will include:
Florida: Fort Myers, Lakeland, Ocala, Pensacola & Port St. Lucie
Georgia: Augusta, Brunswick, Columbus & Macon
Iowa: Ames, Amherst, Cedar Rapids, Davenport, Des Moines, Dubuque, Iowa City, Sioux City & Waterloo
Illinois: Carbondale, Decatur & Kankakee
Indiana: Evansville, Gary, Muncie an&d Terre Haute
Kansas: Manhattan & Topeka
Massachusetts: Pittsfield, Springfield & Worcester
Michigan: Flint, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Midland & Saginaw
Minnesota: Mankato, Rochester & St. Cloud
North Dakota: Bismarck, Fargo & Grand Forks
West Virginia: Martinsburg, Morgantown, Huntington & Parkersburg
Wisconsin: Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Janesville, La Crosse & Sheboygan
Seemingly the underdog to similar services such as Uber, the 2017 expansion goal to accomplish 100 new markets (totaling nearly 300 nationwide) is tracking tremendously, with just six new markets left remaining at the end of the first quarter.
In addition, Uber's recent allegations, controversial political statements, and a failed foreign markets attempt in China could position Lyft as the stronger competitor during their heavy focus on U.S. markets.